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What are siddha medicines and how they differ from ayurvedic and unani medicines?


Date: 13 Jul 2016    Group: Doctors    Category: Siddha   

Out of the three traditional methods of the treatment i.e. siddha, ayurvedic and unani, the later two are more popular and are generally known by the people. However comparatively little is known about the siddha medicines. What are siddha medicines and how they differ from ayurvedic and unani medicines?

Details about siddha medicines, Comparison between siddha medicines, ayurvedic and unani medicines.


Author: Mahesh    13 Jul 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 4  (Rs 4)    Voting Score: 0

Siddha medicines were the type of medication originated from the old tamil dravidian culture in south india. The medication studies has the origin from the astha sidhis from the agasthya hrisihis. This medicine system being more dependent on the psychological health of the person, it is completely different from the ayurveda.

There are around 32 different types of the internal medicines that can be used in oral form for this. Also there are external set of medicines which can be good for the health too.

The effect of these set of medicines have mixed results. So it works just like ayurveda medicines, so it has not yet being appreciated in the mainstream medicine methods.

Unani medicines are from the perso arabic origin. They were heavily used over ayurveda and siddha due to mughal rule over the asian regions. However the effectiveness of the said medicines can be equally not recognizable by the mainstream science. Most of the unani medicines make use of the herbs and the method in which it is taken. Due to the health issues caused and certain diseases which can't be cured by unani medicines, they are not considered as safe medicines by WHO.


Author: Timmappa Kamat    14 Jul 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 4  (Rs 4)    Voting Score: 0

Siddha medicine is a branch of medication system. It has its origines in the ancient Tamil region.

The name Siddha Medicine has been derived from the Siddhas who were believed to be the founders of this system. They were belived to be possessing the Ashta Siddhis - the eight spiritual achievements. Rishi Agastya has been said to be the guru of these Siddhas.

The basic principles of Siddha medicine are almost akin to Ayurveda. The major difference is that Siddha style associated Vata to childhood, Pittha to adulthood and Kapha to old age, while Ayurvdic association is Kapha to childhood, Pittha to adulthood and Vata to old age.

Another difference between Siddha and Ayurveda is elements that the medicine systems believe in. Ayurveda focusses on the five elements or Pancha mMahabhootas viz earth, water, fire, air and ether. It is believed that these control and affect blood, chyle, flesh, fast, bone marrow and semen respectively. Siddha style believes in seven elements - saram (plasma) , cheneer (blood) , ooun (muscle), kollzuppu (fatty tissue) , enbu (bone) , moolai (nerve) and sukila (semen) which are believed to be responsible for growth, muscles, body shape, maintenance of joints, body posture, strength and reproduction respectively.

Siddha medicine has its origins in South India, especially in Tamil Nadu. All the texts and information is available predominatly in Tamil. On the other hand, Ayurveda is based in Northern India. It has Aryan influence in it. It is based widely on the Vedic style and beliefs. Ayurveda borrows heavily from the four Vedas.

Though both Ayurveda and Siddha systems use herbs for the treatment, the ailments for which each of them are used differs extensively.





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